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Last Updated on April 5, 2020 by Jude Simeone

The Suunto 7 is the latest Wear OS smartwatch to join the list of smartwatches powered by the Snapdragon 3100 chip. It’s also the first to feature the 3100 sport mode announced 6 months ago by Qualcomm. The Suunto 7 is an outstanding smartwatch in both design and features, so also is the Fossil gen 5 released few months ago. In this comparison chart, we compare the Suunto 7 vs Fossil Gen 5 specs and features – which is better? Let’s find out.

Suunto 7 vs Fossil Gen 5 Specifications Compared

 Suunto 7Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle
Suunto 7 smartwatchfossil gen 5 calyle specs

EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Battery:
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Features:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Price:
3.2 out of 5 stars (3.2 / 5)
Average:
3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)
Design:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Battery:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Features:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Price:
3.3 out of 5 stars (3.3 / 5)
Average:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameSuunto 7Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle
Device typeFitness/GPS smartwatchClassic/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorSuunto 5Fossil Gen 4 Q Explorist
Successor_--
Released dateJanuary, 2020August, 2019
Ideal forMenMen

DISPLAY

Display typeAMOLEDAMOLED (Always-on)
Display size1.39inch1.28 inch
Display resolution454 x 454 pixels416 x 416 pixels
Pixel density326 ppi--
Input typeTouchscreen
4 buttons
Touchscreen plus 3 physical buttons
Always-onYesYes

BODY

ShapeCircularCircular
Dimension50 x 24 x 15.3 mm44 x 44 x 12 mm
Weight70 grams--
Casing materialGlass fibre reinforced polyamideStainless steel
Strap/band materialSiliconeStainless steel
Bezel MaterialStainless steelStainless steel
Strap size24 mm
130-230 mm (Lenght)
22mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla GlassCorning Gorilla glass
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 5ATMYes, 3ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes
Color(s)Black/lime
Graphite/copper
White/Burgundy
Rosegold
Black silicone/steel
Dark Brown/black steel
Smoke stainless steel

MEMORY

RAMunknown1GB
Internal storage8GB8GB
Memory card slotNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth v4.2 LEBluetooth smart v4.2 LE
Bluetooth callingNoYes
Wi-FiYesYes
NFCYesYes
GPSGPS/GLONASS/QZSS/BEIDOUYes

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNo
SIMNoNo
BandNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Calls alertYesYes
Event reminderYesYes
WeatherYesYes
Third-party appsYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep apneaNoNo
Sleep trackingNoYes
StepsYesYes
Floors climbedYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
CaloriesYesYes
DistanceYesYes
StressNoYes
VO2 Max.NoYes
Blood oxygenNoNo
Blood pressureNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingNoNo
Swim trackingYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingYesNo
Preloaded mapsYesNo
On-screen workout modesNoNo
Triathlon modeNo__
ECG TrackingNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYes
Safety trackingNoNo

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Music streamingYesYes
Bluetooth musicYesYes
RadioNoNo
LoudspeakerNoYes
MicrophoneYesYes
CameraNoNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYesYes
Barometer/AltimeterYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes
CompassYesNo
Gyroscope YesYes
Ambient lightYesYes
Pulse Ox.NoNo
ECGNoNo
ThermometerYesNo
Other sensors--__

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Wear OSWear OS
ChipsetSnapdragon 3100Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100
CPUunknown--
GPU----

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity unknown310mAh
Battery lifeStandby: 40 days
Regular: 2 Days
GPS tracking: 12 hrs
Standby: 3 days+
Mixed usage: 1 day+
Charging typeUSB cradleInductive charging magnet
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeYesYes
Solar powerNoNo
Rapid charging_Yes

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYes
StopwatchYesYes
AlarmYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Control cameraYesYes
Music controlYesYes
Find phoneYesYes
Text responseYesYes

MISC

Payment systemGoogle PayGoogle pay
Compatibility Android and iOS.
Check if your device is compatible
Android 6.0 (excluding Go edition)+
iOS 10.0+
Companion appSuunto AppFossil Q app
Customizable watch faceYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 24mmYes, 22mm
Voice commandYes, Google AssistantYes

BOX CONTENTS

Suunto 7Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle
2 StrapsStraps
USB cradleInductive charging magnet
Quick start guideQuick start guide
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Suunto 7 vs Fossil Gen 5 Features Compared

What’s the Difference?

  1. Design

  2. Both the Suunto 7 and the Gen 5 come in an outstanding design that’s sturdy and stylish. Although, the Gen 5 is a more compact device, it’s also slimmer which makes it sleeker and leaves it with a more stylish and classier appearance than the Suunto 7.

    However, the 1.4-inch display of the Suunto 7 is slightly larger than that of the Gen 5 which will allow you to see more at a glance.
    Beyond that, both the Suunto 7 and Gen 5 have got really outstanding design.

  3. Media

  4. Each of these two, the Suunto 7 and the Gen 5 is equipped with 8GB onboard storage capacity, as well as a microphone that comes handy in performing certain tasks simply with your voice via Google Assistant.

    However, the Suunto 7 lacks a loudspeaker which is present in Gen 5. As a result, you can make calls directly from Gen 5 via Bluetooth calling and as well play media files aloud and also allows you to hear voice commands aloud.

  5. Fitness Tracking

  6. Each of these two is fitness-focused, but going by the fitness tracking features present in each of these two, the Suunto 7 is clearly a better activity tracker than the Gen 5. Though a Wear smartwatch, the Suunto 7 comes with 70 preloaded sport modes that are accompanied by the intuitive Suunto App, this is far more preloaded sport modes than you get with the Gen 5.

    Moreover, the Suunto 7 comes with preloaded color maps that allow you to find the best possible routes to follow, unlike Gen 5, though with inbuilt GPS, but lacks these features.

  7. Battery Life

The battery life of these two is quite impressive when compared to older Wear OS smartwatches thanks to the 3100 chip. Each of these two will keep you going for a day or more. However, the Suunto 7 being the first Wear OS smartwatch to feature the much talked about 3100 chip sport mode will keep you going longer than the Gen 5 when activity tracking is active.

This is because, with activity tracking active, the 3100 chip iconic co-processor takes care of these process thereby reducing the burden on the battery and elongating battery life significantly.

Which is Better?

No doubt, each of these two is a great smartwatch; sturdy and stylish design, fitness-focused with lots of features which includes Google pay, voice assistant, onboard music storage and more.

However, the cheaper Gen 5 is a more stylish smartwatch, and a better choice if you’re after more features.

On the other hand, the Suunto 7 being a more fitness-focused smartwatch with a significant longer battery life is a better smartwatch if you’re enthusiastic and serious about taking your fitness goals to the next level.

Our Pick

I go with the Suunto 7, the shock and dirt resistant tested design is stunning, it’s also a comprehensive fitness tracker and the battery life is quite impressive.

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